WASHINGTON - Composite-material advocate Jon DeVault will leave his position as program manager in the Advanced Research Project Agency's defense science office Nov. 15 and establish a consulting business. Fiberite Inc. will be his first client.
DeVault makes the move as ARPA experiences a major restructuring. The Republican-controlled Congress has criticized the agency's Technology Reinvestment Program.
Jeffrey Abboud, director of government affairs for the Sup-pliers of Advanced Composite Materi-als Association, said, ``We don't know how the [defense science office's] material work will be sorted out.''
ARPA is a unit of the Defense Department.
DeVault has led ARPA's affordable-composite-structures initiative and encourages private-sector use of composites to pre-serve the U.S. industrial base. He joined ARPA in 1992 and, previously, was president of Hercules Inc.'s composites products group.
James E. Ashton, chief executive officer of Fiberite in Tempe, Ariz., said at a Nov. 3 staff meeting that DeVault, once he leaves ARPA, will consult for the company, the largest prepreg supplier in the United States.